My boyfriend and I are taking the train (from Boston) to Portland this Saturday--first time for both of us in years. For such a short jaunt, I want to make sure I eat well. We are staying near the Old Port and will not have a car.
Light Saturday lunch: Light is imperative, since we will be arriving in ME at about 2 and have a 7:30 dinner res. I was originally thinking J's Oysters, but are Yelp reviews correct in that they pre-shuck their oysters? That was a turn-off. Anything else that would be relatively inexpensive (max $40 for both, without alcohol)?
Saturday dinner: Reservations at Cinque Terre. This is a non-negotiable, as we have a gift certificate here. Any recent menu advice? I eat seafood and generally order fish when I eat out (but eat no other meat); boyfriend eats every part of the pig, so to speak.
Sunday lunch or brunch: Duckfat? I'm a French fry freak, and good Belgian fries aren't easy to find in Boston. If not Duckfat, I'd prefer a place where reservations aren't necessary and there won't be a line--probably eating around noon-ish. I'd prefer more lunch-oriented options than breakfast--as a semi-vegetarian I find that if I don't want eggs or sweets, i'm often out of luck on some brunch menus.
Finally, any place you can recommend for Saturday night drinks? We are in our 30s; don't want anything approaching clubby or college-y. SO is a beer drinker, I prefer a low-key place with good cocktails. But really, I'll drink whatever as long as I don't feel like I'm at a frat party/in Faneuill Hall/listening to shitty music. How is Novare Res?
Thanks in advance!
36 Wharf Street, Portland, ME 04101
5 Portland Pier, Portland, ME 04101
Old Port Cafe
111 Main St, Winterport, ME 04496